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114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001
+1 704-986-0621
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We are new to the area and this restaurant came highly recommended. I enjoy non-chain eateries and was looking forward to locally sourced fare. The food was nothing more than average. (It was actually a little on the bland side.) I had the special, a blt with pimento cheese. My husband tried the pasta dish, which he said was 'just... More 

Thank Amanda F
Charlotte, North Carolina
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60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had heard about this restaurant from residents and Trip Advisor as being the best in the area of Albemarle. We were happy to say it compares favorably with restaurants in Charlotte, Asheville and larger cities in terms of the menu choices and the preparation of the food. I had the chicken piccata and it was perfectly prepared; the chicken... More 

Thank 2mdoves
Concord, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Food is very good, however portions are small. Wait staff friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend.

Thank GeneS678
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this review

Gene, thank you very much for the feedback. We're of course very sorry to hear the portion size was not to your complete satisfaction. We hope to see you back, and please feel free to ask for more if what you order is not size-wise to your satisfaction, we'd be happy to oblige this! Best regards, Michael B More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We stop by every anniversary, birthday, and Valentine's Day for dinner. They prepare the meals using local meat and veggies! The soups are great also - especially at lunch. (Be prepared, the dining room can be really cold in the winter.)

Thank Zina R
Oakboro, North Carolina
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56 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

My wife and I visited for our Valentines Lunch. Neither of us had been to Off the Square before, and really enjoyed it. While the lunch entrees are a bit limited, the specials sounded very good. We opted for soup and a varied appetizer selection, all of which were very good. We will definitely be back.

Thank Scott R
Saint Louis, Missouri
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

We had an unexpectedly enjoyable evening. Albemarle is a small town in rural N. Carolina. The food was perfectly cooked and served. I had the Slow Roast. It was brisket with potatoes and carrots. Another at my table had Chicken Alfredo. The 3rd in our party had a Mahi Mahi special that was a very unexpected delight. There was a... More 

Thank Steve V
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this review

Steve we are very happy to hear about your experience and many thanks for the feedback! We continue to work hard daily to keep up this level of experience, hearing positive things like this keeps inspiring us!! More 

Albemarle, North Carolina
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

I came here for a job interview and this is were they brought me for dinner. I was impressed with menu and how the wait staff took care of their tables. The food was excellent.

Thank Dom L
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this review

Dom thanks very much for the feedback! We hope the interview went well!! More 

Pinehurst, North Carolina
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114 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

This is now one of our favorite lunch spots in the town of Albemarle. This place continues to get high ratings and that is due to the excellent food (at reasonable prices), fantastic service and a very quaint atmosphere. If you are in town or passing through - make sure this is one of your stops for food!

Thank jartman65
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this review

We very much appreciate the feedback and will continue to work hard to keep this up! More 

Lincolnton, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

We were the second ones in for lunch and it took 45 minutes to be served. It doesn't take that long to make a BLT. I should have gone in the kitchen and made it myself.

Thank varielle
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this review

Dear Varielle, I'm very sorry to hear about your unsatisfactory experience. It would be great if you could let me know which day you were here so we can make sure this feedback gets to the staff that were on duty that day. We may have had a lot of to-go orders that day (happens quite a lot during lunch)... More 

Pinehurst, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We were looking for the ideal midway stop between Pinehurst and Charlotte and we found it! We will be back Off the Square. Terrific lunch menu, your server was very attentive and the food was awesome. Your fries are epic and the draft beer choices were exactly right. Can't wait to see you again sometime soon.

1 Thank Laura D
Michael B, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this review

We're looking forward to having you back as well...thanks so much for the kind words!! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
Wine Bar, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Albemarle
  • Phone Number: +1 704-986-0621
Off the Square is a casual upscale restaurant focused on creating an unforgettable dining experience by using local ingredients to craft gourmet cuisine from scratch. Along with our house-made appetizers, entrees, and desserts, we feature a carefully selected assortment of wines, spirits, and craft beers. We strive every day to provide courteous service and a welcoming atmosphere.

Off the Square is one of five NC restaurants that were recognized for featuring locally grown, raised, caught and made products during the second annual "Dig Into Local Best Menu NC" contest by the NC Department of Agriculture!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?